A panel discussion co-hosted by Ballet Hispánico and MetLiveArts discussing Ballet Hispánico's performance of Buscando a Juan, choreographed by Eduardo Vilaro and inspired by The Met's Juan de Pareja, Afro Hispanic Painter exhibition. Featured panelists include Eduardo Vilaro (Artistic Director & CEO of Ballet Hispánico and Choreographer), Limor Tomer (Lulu C. and Anthony W. Wang General Manager, MetLiveArts), and Vanessa K. Valdés (Co-Curator of the Juan de Pareja, Afro-Hispanic Painter exhibition), with an introduction from Tamia Santana (Chief Engagement and Inclusion Officer, Ballet Hispánico).
About Buscando a Juan
Buscando a Juan, choreographed by Eduardo Vilaro, reacts to the
ideas presented in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Juan de
Pareja: Afro-Hispanic Painter exhibition. Originally premiered as a
site-specific work at The Met, this MetLiveArts commission explores
the "sancocho"—literally, mixed soup—of cultures and diasporas.
Through the exoticized body and fixation on gesture and sensuality,
Buscando a Juan considers the assumptions experienced when
witnessing people of color in traditionally white spaces. See this work live at New York City Center in April 2024 or screen the live performance from The Met in July 2023.